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Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Sail Date: January 01, 2009
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago

Freestyle sounds great on the surface, but get ready to pay $10-25 per person for this option. In addition, some restaurants charge not only the fee but an additional premium if you choose particular items. ie. Cagney's is $25 plus an additional $10 if you want surf and turf. At $35/pp this soon adds up. Every where you go, they constantly promote bingo; before shows, swimming, etc. The cost is $89/pp with very little of that money given back as prizes. A true rip-off, this has to be a HUGE money maker. I personally feel the Cruise Director's staff is graded on their ability to generate revenue rather than provide quality entertainment. Most of the activities they promote have a $$$ attached. I was amazed at how often this staff had their hand out.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Depends - Want Freestyle the restaurants charge a premium of $10-25 plus. Otherwise you have the usual cattle call and waits. You pay a premium to avoid the latter.


3 out of 5
If not for the Bingo and casino pitches preceeding every announcement and introduction.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Pretty limited activities.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
I would rate higher if not for the Cruise Director Staff Paul-Dir and Jill-Asst.Dir lead the way in thinking of every conceviable way of emptying your wallet. Paul and Jill come across as totally insincere. I truly feel they are judged upon the revenue they generate. Room stewards and servers are outstanding.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Nothing spectacular, 14 restaurants, most of them pay.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Pros: Entertainment

Cons: Constant Bingo Pitches and Restaurant Fees

Recommends Norwegian Star? No.

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